Member Monday: Linda M. Loves the GDV Life

Members Linda F. and Mel D. know how to stay organized while traveling, which is why we’re so glad that they took the time to share details from their trip to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in this week’s Global Discovery Vacations Member Monday.

“Most recently, we went to the Ft. Lauderdale Beach Resort for some R & R. When we drive, we take everything but food with us. We have built a ‘Go Box’ that holds all of the necessities: extra soap, toilet paper, coffee and filters, and a corkscrew, of course. Once we check in, we get settled into the unit and then go exploring. We check out the resort amenities, beaches, shopping, restaurants, live entertainment and especially golf courses.”

Where would you recommend a fellow member to go to…
Eat/Shop
The Galleria, an upscale mall with multiple fine dining establishments, is just over the bridge on the inland side. Publix is across from the mall and only a short .3 mile walk from the resort. We found about 10 golf courses within a 20 miles radius and the resort had a coupon book in the lobby that allowed us to get discounted rounds at three beautiful courses. We did splurge and eat out a couple of times, but we find that we are more inclined to eat in because it’s easier and less costly. We’d rather spend the extra money on golf or massages.

Have fun/attractions

What was your favorite:
Resort/Condominium Amenity or Room
The view from the balcony of our room was a straight shot down the road to the Atlantic Ocean and overlooked the pool and spa. We were also impressed with the size and cleanliness of the unit.

I keep the cover sheet for each resort we visit, log the room we stayed in and our activities for the week, and give it a star if we would return. We would definitely return to the Ft. Lauderdale Beach Resort. Hopefully, it will be warmer on our next visit since there was a cold snap this year. Good thing the spa was hot!

Place to go in the destination
The beach, just a block away, was great. As you travel south from the resort, Road A1A follows the beach and there are open air restaurants on almost every corner facing the ocean. Heading north on A1A, there are even more shops and fresh seafood restaurants.

Any tips for a traveler to this resort or destination? Anything you think they should bring?
I plan ahead for a year so that we can get the resorts we want at the times we want. The new website makes it so easy to book and I am always pleased with the customer service when I need to get a question answered.

Additional Comments
As we travel to different parts of the state and country, we are constantly reminded that we stumbled into a wonderful way of life when we attended the Global Discovery Vacations presentation. The resorts and amenities are great and we have met some very interesting people who are also eager to share their travel experiences. In fact, we have several friends who have signed up with Global after vacationing with us and seeing first hand the quality of the resorts.

About you 

How long have you been a Global Discovery Vacations member?
In August 2013, we received an invitation to a Global Discovery Vacations presentation in Orlando, Florida. As I’m sure you have heard before, we figured we would take the gift and say thanks but no thanks. Fortunately, the more we heard, the more we were sure that Global was the perfect fit for us. My husband and I help to take care of my elderly parents and we take a vacation once a month.

Why did you join the club?
Global has made it possible for us to afford to travel all over the country and spend a week in resorts that meet or exceed our criteria for amenities. 

The inclusion of immediate family in the membership was a bonus because my sister and her husband were very grateful that they could spend a week at an exceptional resort with some of their friends. Thanks.

How many trips have you taken using your membership?
We have taken a cruise to the eastern Caribbean, traveled to Palm Springs where we played golf at some spectacular golf courses and been to numerous resorts in Florida because we can get away for a week after a short drive. In the 15 months since we joined Global, we have traveled to 13 different locations including Santa Fe and Costa Rica.

Corey is a writer from Overland Park, KS, and has been with Global Discovery Vacations since September 2013. Once a sportswriter, he traveled the country and became proficient in airport security line etiquette and leaving items in hotel rooms.